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Interesting Facts about Big Ben

Located right in London, Big Ben has long been a pride of the people of England. Every year, Big Ben still attracts millions of visitors each year. And every time the sun goes down, the Big Ben clock tower is illuminated on four clock faces so that anyone from afar can still admire its beauty.

Big Ben clock tower is 157 years old this year

The Big Ben clock tower is part of Charles Barry’s design. The tower is designed in Victorian Gothic style and is 96.3 m high. The first 61-meter design of the structure was a clock tower, including brick-covered bricks. The rest of the tower’s height is a cast iron pyramid structure. The foundation is 15 x 15 m wide, 3 m thick concrete and 7 m deep underground. Tower weight 9553 tons. Four 55 meter high watch faces on the ground. Due to the condition of the ground since its construction up to now, the tower is slightly inclined to the northwest about 0.26 degrees.

When the tower was completed, the four clock faces were original colors of yellow and cobalt blue. However, in the 1930s, the four dials were painted in the black and gold we see in recent years. Up to now, Big Ben is 157 years old, ringing every 15 minutes and emitting an alarm when every new hour passes.

The real name of the Big Ben clock tower

Actually Big Ben full name is Clock Tower – Palace of Westminster. This is a clock tower structure on the northeast side of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England. The tower is also mistakenly called St. Stephen’s Tower.

Big Ben clock tower was renamed in 2012

On June 4, 2012, Big Ben was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower on the occasion of the Diamond Vedic Celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. However, perhaps the name Big Ben is still more popular today.

Big Ben will not ring until 2021

In the remodeling plan of the Big Ben clock tower, the clock frame will be disassembled and meticulously tested and repaired each gear. The four watch faces will be refurbished and cleaned. The frames of the four dials will be repainted and three 4.2 meter long hands will be completely replaced. In addition, the entire cast iron roof of the clock tower was removed for repairs.

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London Big Ben Will Go Silent for Four Years

If visiting London during this time, many tourists would be bewildered because they could no longer hear the Big Ben bell ringing to remind them every 15 minutes and every hour there was a loud ringing sound. In the next 4 years, this bell tower stops working for remodeling.

When it comes to Big Ben, almost everyone thinks of Britain and vice versa. When visiting London, people have to take pictures with the 158-year-old architecture called Big Ben. This is the symbol of the whole of England. The word “Big Ben” is just the name of the largest bell weighing over 12 tons used to score hours. In it, Ben is the short name for the name of Benjamin, which the researcher thinks may be the name of the person who has made the bell, engraved his name on it, or the name of a famous martial artist at that time with his physique looking big and strong like that.

Since the casting and until hanging up the tower in the middle of the 19th century, this bell has always been the focus of attention for residents of London to come and see. First, they cast a big bell but just hung it up, it was broken. After that, another bell was cast, but then the bell was cracked after a while. However, one does not replace it but only fix it by adding a belt around to reinforce and halving the weight of the hammer.

In addition, due to technical factors is the time to pull the hammer up and drop too long, so two hammers must be installed in two different positions. Therefore, today with a low bell, knocking on the bell at different distances to the cracked place will produce two slightly different sounds. If you live long in London, people will recognize immediately.

British people flocked to central London from many places to bid farewell to the last bell of August 21, 2018. The Big Ben bell to the point has now become a familiar melody not only for people who travel to London, but even many other people around the world because they are often heard in the soundtrack of the UK News, or the ancient watches are not necessarily produced in the UK. This clock will fall into silent for 4 years for repairs.

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The Tourist Spots in London Worth Visit

If you have the opportunity to visit London – the capital of England, you will be immersed in the space of calm, ancient but equally noisy with restaurants, entertainment areas, the area performing arts. Let’s take a look at some of the tourist attractions in London that you should travel to England.

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is a large square in London – which celebrates the victory of Lord Horatio Nelson in the battle against naval forces Napoleon in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This is what remains, centered The square is the statue of Horatio Nelson towards the center of the city. At the foot of the monument is surrounded by four giant lions and fountains. Trafalgar has become a world famous square and a fascinating tourist attraction in London that you should not miss.

Tower of London
The Tower of London is an architectural building built in 1078. It was used as a prison from 1100 to the twentieth century. It has housed famous prisoners: Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, Henry VI and Catherine Howard. Today, the Tower of London has become one of London’s most popular tourist destinations.

London Eye
Situated just off the banks of the River Thames, the London Eye is like a giant wheel with a height of 135 meters, with 32 seats overlooking the cityscape. This is a great spot for London. This is what attracts the most tourists in the UK, with more than 3.5 million visitors per year.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace – the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. In front of the palace is the place where the exchange sessions, where the grand ceremony is held so special to attract tourists to visit. Since 1993, this place has officially opened for tourists to visit. It is one of London’s most famous tourist attractions

British Museum
Built in 1753, the British Museum in London is one of the museums that own collections on the culture and history of human development with more than 7 million exhibits on display. , which is also the most comprehensive artifacts, from all over the continent, this is the most important document illustrated the most human culture from early childhood.

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is a famous British architecture, it combines perfectly with the river Thames. This is also one of the famous symbols that you should come to when traveling to England. This work is typical of two towers connected by a path, a solid design that can withstand the weight of the two sides of the bridge.

Big Ben
With a history of up to 150 years old, the world-famous clock tower – Big Ben is one of London’s most visited tourist attractions. The Big Ben was formed from a combination of the 13-ton bell-shaped bell hanging in the tower, the “Great Bell” and the name of the man who ordered the first bell – Benjamin Hall. Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic symbols, and has appeared in many films.

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